PRONUNCIATION: (zo-uh-FOH-bee-uh)

MEANING: noun:
1. An unusual fear of animals.
2. A dislike of keeping animals in captivity.

ETYMOLOGY: from Greek zoo- (animal) + -phobia (fear). Earliest documented use: 1888. Some related words are zoonosis (a disease transmitted from animals to humans) and zoophyte (an animal resembling a plant).

AZOOPHOBIA - fear of nitrogen

BOOPHOBIA - terror at being startled

ZOOPHONIA - animal noises (see "Gerald McBoing-Boing")